SETAC Helsinki is a 5-day event featuring a variety of training, networking and learning opportunities. This event is vital for discussions on merging research, regulatory developments and the latest methodologies in environmental toxicology and chemistry - a great opportunity to share with our fellow colleagues and peers an update on the recently opened E-FLOWS facility based at Sand Hutton in York.
E-FLOWS is The Edge-of-Field Waterbody Safety Assessment Facility - Opened May 2018, The First Fully Flow-through Field Scale Mesocosm
A unique Platform for Higher Tier Risk Assessment of Novel Plant Protection Products. The new E-Flows mesocosm has been in development for two years and will allow the examination of simulations of natural aquatic environments under controlled conditions. This form of higher tier testing will enable the agri-chemical industry, particularly those developing plant protection products such as pesticides, to demonstrate whether their products pose any risk to aquatic environments.
Providing a test-bed of 60 realistic streams, each of up to two metres wide and ten metres long, the flow of each stream in the E-Flows mesocosm can be varied independently so that they can be fast flowing like a stream, slow following like a ditch or event almost still, like a pond, giving researchers complete flexibility and control.
What is Crop Health and Protection (CHAP)?
CHAP is one of four Centres for Agricultural Innovation and a key component of the government’s Agri-Tech Strategy.
The simple fact is that climate change and a range of other factors including anticipated population growth and the degradation of ecosystems is making it increasingly difficult to meet the global demand for food in a sustainable way. To feed the growing world population, we must rely on increasing our crop yields. In turn, this will mean we need to make significant progress in both fundamental and applied science of plants, microbes and soils and including protection from economically damaging pests, pathogens & weeds.